Prison is the common way in most countries to solve the problem of crime. However, a more effective solution is to provide with a better education. Agree or disagree
Open: 2 approaches have their own distinctive merits
People argue that the reduction in crime rates would be achieved more effectively through better education rather than prison sentences. However, I disagree with this view because I believe that two approaches have their own distinctive merits and should each play an integral role in tackling crimes.
On the one hand, there are several reasons why prison is effective in decreasing the level of crime. Perhaps the principal reason is that prison sentences would act as a deterrent because they help people to be fully aware of serious consequences of committing crimes. For instance, murders will be imprisoned and face loss of freedom, social isolation, separation from loved family members and even loss of the chance to get jobs after releasing back into society. Another major reason is that when serious offenders are behind bars, they will no longer pose a threat to society. Particularly, serial killers or terrorists who might re-offend in the future should be given life imprisonment so that law-abiding citizens could be protected.
On the other hand, I am of the opinion that educational methods also have a complementary role to play in reducing the crime rate. Firstly, if students were taught basic knowledge of laws and the danger of crimes at schools, they could avoid situations which may involve in crime or make them become a victim. For example, there are many cases where drug traffickers insist pupils in helping carry bags which contain cocaine through customs at the airport, and those students lacking knowledge of crime prevention may fall into traps. Secondly, it is also necessary to have education programmes in prisons so that prisoners could gain some skills and knowledge, which allow them to get decent jobs after reintegrating back into the community. Since they could easily earn a living and provide for families, they no longer rob others and have acts of mindless vandalism.
In conclusion, I would contend that in fight against crime it is advisable for the government to continue give prison sentences to offenders and at the same time have educational programmes in schools and prisons.